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How our health care system traumatizes patients

The health care system has never been so complex as it is today. As doctors, we’ve seen the struggles that happen just trying to help patients get the medical care they need. Patients are now ladened with high deductibles and often are the victims of baseless denied coverage for diagnostic tests and medication. Insurance companies insist that they are not practicing medicine, merely making coverage determinations and that the patient is free to follow their doctor’s advice, paying out-of-pocket, of course. Realistically, if all patients have thousands of dollars to pay for their medical care, would we even need health care insurance? The answer is clear and that is medical care is bec...

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